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Tribal student bodies slam Forest Minister on rehabilitation issue

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JORABAT, Dec 2 - Coming down heavily on Dispur for its eviction drive in the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary, organisations like the Karbi Students� Union (KSU), the All Tiwa Students� Union (ATSU), the All Tea Tribe Students� Union (ATTSU) and the Inter Dimoria Regional Students� Union (IDRSU) opposed the State Forest Minister�s decision to resettle 200 evicted families from the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary near Tegheria in the Dimoria region.

Addressing a press meet today, the student bodies stated that the decision of evicting families from Amchang without any proper plan of rehabilitation was a big mistake done by the State government.

The land where the government is trying to rehabilitate the evicted families belongs to the tribal people as they have been staying here for decades and will never allow others to settle on this land.

They further stated that if the government really wants to rehabilitate these affected families, then they should be rehabilitated on the hundreds of bighas of land in tribal belts and blocks, illegally occupied by some industrialists, businessmen and land mafia.

The student bodies also threatened to hold a massive protest, including economic blockade, in the region, if the government doesn�t change its decision.

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Tribal student bodies slam Forest Minister on rehabilitation issue

JORABAT, Dec 2 - Coming down heavily on Dispur for its eviction drive in the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary, organisations like the Karbi Students� Union (KSU), the All Tiwa Students� Union (ATSU), the All Tea Tribe Students� Union (ATTSU) and the Inter Dimoria Regional Students� Union (IDRSU) opposed the State Forest Minister�s decision to resettle 200 evicted families from the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary near Tegheria in the Dimoria region.

Addressing a press meet today, the student bodies stated that the decision of evicting families from Amchang without any proper plan of rehabilitation was a big mistake done by the State government.

The land where the government is trying to rehabilitate the evicted families belongs to the tribal people as they have been staying here for decades and will never allow others to settle on this land.

They further stated that if the government really wants to rehabilitate these affected families, then they should be rehabilitated on the hundreds of bighas of land in tribal belts and blocks, illegally occupied by some industrialists, businessmen and land mafia.

The student bodies also threatened to hold a massive protest, including economic blockade, in the region, if the government doesn�t change its decision.

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